(Melbourne, VIC, Australia)
I was walking around the start of the trail to Frenchmans Cap. I was lagging behind my friends. This little bird was whistling and I thought I'll try and get a photo.
I just heard the bird call, I didn't actually see it. I whistled back to it and it came towards me. It seemed to be interested in what the other thing was that was whistling back at it.
I basically stood still. I had to guess where it was. I just raised the camera over my shoulder and took a snap. I knew it was there somewhere and that it was close to me so I didn't actually dare turn around.
Obviously it never really has had much contact with humans and it didn't seem to have the inbuilt fear that most other animals do.
I would say between 5 and 10 min of whistling brought it in. I just kept whistling till it came in. It was doing little flights and hops towards me.
I tried to take a few photos of it - most of them were either blurry or out of focus or the bird was not in shot but again I was trying to do it blind.
This is one of the beauties of having a digital camera - you can take as many photos as you like. At least one's going to come out sooner or later.
This one was a particularly good shot. You can still see there's a little bit of blur in there but the bird came up pretty well. You can even make out what looks like webbing between its toes.
Thanks for this great photo and for providing the details on how you came across the bird and then got the photo.
From what I can tell, the Olive Whistler is not easy to find. So you've done really well with not only spotting it but managing to get this photo too. Sharp eyes!
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